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1962 Wichita Dreamliners baseball bat

1962 Wichita Dreamliners baseball bat
Date: 1962
These photographs show the commemorative baseball bat received by Gil Carter as a member of the Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners semi-pro baseball team in 1962. That year, the Dreamliners won state and national semi-pro tournaments sponsored by the National Baseball Congress. Both tournaments were held in Wichita. In the state tournament, the Dreamliners defeated Wichita Instant Glass by a 2-1 score in the twelfth inning of the final game. In the 33-team national tournament, the Dreamliners advanced through the loser's bracket to win the title by defeating the Fairbanks Goldpanners, 7-6, in the championship game. Gil Carter, the Dreamliners' left fielder, had a .484 batting average and six home runs during the national tournament, which earned him a spot on the all-tournament team. Carter played for the Dreamliners again in 1963, when the team successfully defended its state and national semi-pro titles (see Kansas Memory number 310424). Digital images of the commemorative bat were created through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


1963 Wichita Dreamliners baseball bat

1963 Wichita Dreamliners baseball bat
Date: 1963
These photographs show the commemorative baseball bat received by Gil Carter as a member of the Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners semi-pro baseball team in 1963. That year, the Dreamliner team successfully defended its state and national semi-pro titles by winning tournaments at both levels sponsored by the National Baseball Congress. In the state tournament, the Dreamliners defeated Wichita Service Auto Glassmen by a 6-5 score in the eleventh inning of the final game. In the national tournament, the Dreamliners bested Ponchatoula, Louisiana by a score of 5-4 in the title game. Both tournaments were held in Wichita. Gil Carter was an outfielder for the 1963 Dreamliners. He also was in the starting lineup for the Dreamliners in 1962, when the team won its first state and national semi-pro titles (see Kansas Memory number 310423). Digital images of the commemorative bat were created through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Baseball bat

Baseball bat
Date: 1869
This oversized pine baseball bat was presented to Dudley C. Haskell (1842-1883) in 1869 by residents of Lawrence, Kansas. Haskell was a local shoe merchant and a member of the town baseball team, the Kaw Valleys. He had a reputation for hitting home runs. After the bat was presented, Haskell allegedly hit a home run with it in a game. Haskell became a Congressman and secured the funding for the Indian School in Lawrence that today bears his name, the Haskell Indian Nations University.


Baseball bat

Baseball bat
Creator: P. Goldsmith's Sons
Date: between 1919 and 1920
Small, dark-stained wood bat. Ione and Marie Kelly's parents purchased the bat for the girls in Ottawa, Kansas, around 1919.


Mosby-Mack commemorative baseball bat

Mosby-Mack commemorative baseball bat
Date: 1953
This oversized bat, dubbed "Big Mack," commemorated the achievements of the 1953 Mosby-Mack American Legion baseball team which represented Topeka's Capitol Post 1. Named for the team's sponsor, the Mosby-Mack Ford dealership, the 1953 Mosby-Macks won American Legion championship titles at the district, state, and regional levels. Inscribed on the bat are the signatures of the team's players and coaches. Many of the inscriptions also indicate the years each individual was affiliated with the team. The names include: Ford Arbogast; Marv Bean; Gene Boyer; Cliff Fawl; Darrell Feaker; Bob French; Ed Graham; Jim Golden; Claude Hays; Lyle Kraemer; Don Luttrell; Marion McDonald; Dick Matthes; Galen Mote; Garry Owen; Fred Petzold; Jim Rafferty; Ray Stockwell; Jim Trimble; Carl Ward; and, Ted Worthington.


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